GIBSON CITY –Like their name, Choose 2 Change Fitness Club co-owners Scott Davis, Lesley Davis and Casey Powell have elected to transform—their business.
The three purchased the former Gibson City Pentecostal Church at 510 W. Ninth St. and beginning in January will offer tumbling classes there.
“I’m excited for Gibson City to have this option,” Powell said. “Parents won’t have to drive out of town. Everyone is so busy these days, and it’s nice to have it right down the street.”
Lesley Davis said parents have asked for tumbling classes since the gym opened in September 2008.
“We couldn’t do it out of our existing space,” she said. “This allowed us to have the room.”
The three worked Saturday to remodel the new facility’s largest room. Once completed, it will have a trampoline and tumbling mat flooring.
GCMS Elementary School teacher and assistant high school cheerleading coach Caity Heap and Parkland student Paige Cowell will teach preschool tumbling and five levels of classes for children ages 6 to 14.
“I enjoy gymnastics and think it is a wonderful sport for all ages and abilities,” said Heap who was a member of Illinois State University’s competitive cheerleading squad. “It teaches body awareness, strength, flexibility and mental strength.”
Cowell participated in competitive tumbling and trampoline for five years.
“I have found that gymnastics teaches many life skills that I have carried on in life,” she said.
Choose 2 Change’s preschool through second grade dance classes will also meet in the tumbling room this spring.
Older dance students, as well as taekwondo classes, will meet at the 921 S. Sangamon Avenue location until the dance studio at the new location is complete.
Dance recitals will still take place at the Gibson City Bible Church, but Lesley Davis said she hopes tumbling recitals will be held in the tumbling room. Reflective windows being added to a partition will allow parents to watch tumbling classes.
While it wasn’t the reason they expanded into an additional facility, Scott Davis said the move will help the fitness club as well.
“It has the added benefit of giving us more space at the gym,” he said. The owners plan to use the old dance studio at the gym for additional weight equipment, including free weights.
They also have plans for additional offerings at their new dance studio.
A rock wall in the tumbling room will be used as part of an obstacle course for an “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course for children.
“I’m going to build that,” Scott Davis said. “Children will be able to use their whole body to maneuver around obstacles.”
Scott Davis said that version of tumbling will appeal to boys who might not want to take a traditional tumbling class.
There are also plans to eventually add a Mommy and Me tumbling class and open gym hours. And, once the kitchen and dance studio are remodeled, they will offer a birthday party service.
There seems to be no shortage of ideas for programs, and Scott Davis said the three are open to adding offerings.
“The day’s not over yet,” he said.
Limited spots are available in the spring tumbling classes.
Registration will be 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the fitness club, 921 S. Sangamon Ave.
For more information, visit c2cfitnessclub.com.